‘Mischievous elements trying to create tensions’
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday afternoon issued a statement refuting “some news” regarding National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Hazratbal here.
The police statement termed the story “bereft of the facts, frivolous and concocted”.
The statement added that there has been no incident of stone pelting in the NIT Srinagar campus or on the students.
“As per the institute authorities the date of classes/registration has been extended for the autumn Session 2016. The story as such is rebutted,” the statement added. The NIT, it may be noted, witnessed a major crisis in April when two groups of engineering students fought with each other when Indian cricket team lost to West Indies cricket team in T20 World Cup Semi-finals.
However no such situation has been witnessed in the campus this time.
Many New Delhi based newspapers on Saturday reported that the non-local students at NIT were living under fear and that they had been stoned by the local students. When this reporter visited the NIT on Saturday to have an assessment of the ground situation, calm prevailed in the campus as many non-local students were seen completing the admission formalities.
“There is no tension here. I am a new admission to NIT and have been here for one week now. I am loving it here,” a student from Mumbai with his earphones on told this reporter.
A couple of girls, who too were filing there admission papers were surprised when asked if they faced any problem here. “What problem? We are fine here,” they told this reporter.
This reporter even went around the hostel where final year students put up. Though the hostel as almost empty because the students have completed their semester and have left for their homes, but some students were seen in their respective rooms. These students informed this reporter that only problems they faced were regarding their movement outside the campus and also some issues with the mess. “We are not allowed to go out of the campus but the food problem has been sorted out by the admin,” they added.
One of the officials at NIT said on condition of anonymity that the students are not allowed to go out because of the law and order problem. “Rest they are safe here and everything possible is being done to make the students feel safe and comfortable,” he said. He however admitted that a poster of Burhan Wani had been pinned on the notice board. “It has been removed,” he said.
Some local students told Kashmir Reader that some mischievous elements were trying to disturb the NIT atmosphere once again. “There is no such problem (as reported by newspapers) here. Everything is fine here,” they said.